The Tetra Story
The Tetra Society of North America was founded by Sam Sullivan of Vancouver, BC. Sam became a quadriplegic as a result of a skiing accident. He was on welfare and was anxious to get to work and get out his predicament. Sam contacted the APEBC asking for assistance, and Paul Cernak, a retired engineer showed up and solved many of Sam's vexing problems. Not long after Cermak, Sam and other volunteer engineers started working on projects to help others with disabilities. Request for assistance soon grew, and the Tetra Society was formalized. The society was awarded the Peter F. Drucker Award for Canadian Non-Profit Innovation (1994).
Sam is now the executive director of Tetra, and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2005. Sam was elected mayor of Vancouver later that year. Tetra now has over 30 chapters, over 1000 volunteers, and has completed more than 3000 projects since its founding. The Newfoundland Chapter was founded in 1996 by Dr. Leonard M. Lye of Memorial University. Presently we have over 30 volunteers who have contributed to more than 30 projects. The Newfoundland Chapter was honoured by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists in 2003 for contributions toward rehabilitation endeavours in Canada.
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